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Monday, June 05, 2017

Hits on the Diamond | Tufts Now

Tufts’ impact on statistical analysts in MLB.

For the Cubs, the moment marked the end of a century of futility. For Tufts, the World Series represented another step forward in baseball’s statistical revolution. Gone are the days when teams acquired players based solely on the instincts of grizzled scouts. An influx of analysts, coders and game theorists, utilizing numbers you won’t find on the back of a baseball card, has changed the game. Everything these days is worth quantifying—from the angle at which a ball leaves the bat to the speed with which an outfielder races to catch it—and every front office in the game is expanding its analytics department in an attempt to get, or stay, ahead in the game’s statistical arms race.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2017 at 10:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, front office, sabermetrics

Monday, February 13, 2017

Rays say good communication helps three-headed baseball operations department function | Tampa Bay Times

Why not also add in a “college of coaches”?

The setup is somewhat different. In November both were named senior vice presidents, with Neander also the general manager, and both are working under baseball operations president Matt Silverman, giving the Rays, in essence, a three-headed department.

“It is a unique structure,” Silverman said. “But it works because of the uniqueness of their paths and the relationship they’ve been able to form over a decade.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2017 at 06:53 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, general managers, rays

Sunday, January 29, 2017

As MLB Ruling Nears, New Details Of Cardinals Hacking Of Astros Emerge

The hammer of justice may be about to strike:

A federal judge has unsealed details about former St. Louis Cardinals executive Chris Correa’s hacking of the Astros’ email and player evaluation databases, clearing the way for Major League Baseball to impose sanctions against the Cardinals as soon as this week.

Three documents entered into court records but made public by U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes on Thursday reveal new information regarding Correa’s intrusions, for which the former Cardinals scouting director is serving a 46-month sentence in federal prison after pleading guilty in January 2016 to five counts of unauthorized access to a protected computer.
.  .  .
According to the documents, portions of which remained redacted, Correa intruded into the Astros’ “Ground Control” database 48 times and accessed the accounts of five Astros employees. For 21/2 years, beginning in January 2012, Correa had unfettered access to the e-mail account of Sig Mejdal, the Astros’ director of decision sciences and a former Cardinals employee. Correa worked in St. Louis as an analyst under Mejdal, who came to Houston after the 2011 season with Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, also a former Cardinals executive.

“(Correa) knew what projects the Astros’ analytics department was researching, what concepts were promising and what ideas to avoid,” said one of the documents, signed by Michael Chu, the assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted the case against Correa. “He had access to everything that Sig Mejdal ... read and wrote.”

Fines, draft choices, and limiting the Cardinals to dial-up Internet may be in play.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Top 10 Future Scouting Directors

No Baseball America feature is complete without a Top 10 Prospects list, so while gathering information about the job of scouting director, we also asked people where the next generation of scouting directors might come from. This ranking is not a formal poll, but does reflect the opinions of the more than 25 current scouting directors and other front-office executives.

1. Danny Montgomery

Assistant Scouting Director, Rockies

Montgomery, 47, has been with the Rockies since the birth of the franchise, rising from area scout to his current position. Scouting director Bill Schmidt said he leans on Montgomery in a variety of ways.

“I’ve been with Danny going on 13 years and I lean on Danny,” Schmidt said. “He has a big input on what goes on here and that’s what people don’t see, is Danny’s involved in all areas. He’s been involved in Latin America, going down there and helping us get that program off the ground 12 years ago and teaching Rolando Fernandez how to scout. He does pro stuff in the summer, he’s been to Asia for the Olympics and to scout and run clinics for us. Danny’s kind of been all over the world for us.”

Montgomery played at UNC Charlotte and was drafted as a second baseman in the 14th round of the 1986 draft. He spent three seasons in the Dodgers system before being hired as a scout in 1989. He covered North Carolina and South Carolina for the Dodgers before joining the Rockies in 1992. He became a regional crosschecker in 1999, was promoted to national crosschecker in 2003 and to assistant scouting director in 2006.

“Danny, first and foremost, is a quality person,” Schmidt said. “He’s a good evaluator and Danny’s had opportunities in the past . . . He’s just wanted to stay here; this has been his home. But he’s a very good scout and has all the qualities you would look for in a scouting director.”

Read more at http://www.baseballamerica.com/draft/top-10-future-scouting-directors-13470/#oP9WoXJd0XvVcdsq.99

Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo Posted: January 25, 2017 at 10:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, scouts

 

 

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